The Cutler predicament has become the talking point around Chicago, even as the team falls further into the depths of a lost season.
Cutler remains out with a right thumb injury, suffered in Week 2. Since then NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport has reported multiple times that the job is Hoyer’s to keep if he plays well. The three 300-yard performances from Hoyer already equaled the number Cutler put up in 15 games last year — without the boneheaded mistakes.
Yet, coach John Fox continues to shrug at questions about his quarterback’s future. On Monday, Fox wasn’t ready to discuss when Cutler might be healthy enough to play, which would force a public decision regarding the position.
“It’s like (asking) what the weather is going to be tomorrow,” Fox said, via the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t know. We just take it a day at a time.”
Sure, coach, you can’t predict things, but surely you have a plan once Cutler is healthy. Why are you so loathe to share with us your plan? Is it because you don’t want to lose Cutler mentally?
Fox likely didn’t mean he has no plan at all, but the poor word choice underscores the depressing, rudderless nature of this Bears squad.
The defense is battered and beleaguered. The offense is an inconsistent amalgamation of meandering talents.
Fox’s reluctance to publicly bench Cutler for Hoyer seems par for the course for a frustrated fan base wondering how the same coach deemed Jordan Howard the third-best running back on the roster to open the season.
There are holes all over the Bears roster. This isn’t a one-year fix. Regardless of whether Fox has a “plan,” Hoyer’s solid play opens the door for the Bears to walk away from Cutler for good — even if there is no semblance of a long-term solution in sight.